Friday, May 27, 2016

First Congregational Church

New London, CT  2016

One of the images above is a digital image, converted to black and white using the program Silver Efex Pro with a preset that is supposed to emulate Ilford Delta 400.  I'm sure trained eyes can spot the digital image.  Care to make a choice? 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Whale Oil Row

New London, CT  2016

These buildings were built between 1835 and 1834 in the Greek Revival Style.  They were originally owned by whale shipowners who became very wealthy selling whale oil.  Today the buildings house various attorneys' offices.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Two More Black & White Images

Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic, CT  2016

I've posted many pictures of the pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park.  I think it looks better in black and white. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pentax ME Super Update

Readers of this blog might recall my project from last summer involving my ''vintage" Pentax ME Super SLR film camera and a number of rolls of Kodak T-Max 400 black and white film.  Since those posts back last September, I found a camera repair specialist located in Providence, RI and I took my Pentax in for a cleaning, lubricating and some maintenance .  I did this over the winter holidays and received the camera back about mid January.  The camera is in fine shape, and since I really take my time when shooting film, I have just finished and had processed my first roll of Ilford Delta 400 black and white film.  The light meter behaved well, and the maintenance eliminated a light leak that might have been present in my first attempts at using this camera.  I'll be posting some examples this week.  Some of the scenes will be familiar to readers, since I often have both my digital SLR along as well as this film camera.

Ocean Beach, New London, CT  2016

I can understand why photographers are drawn to black and white photography.  I can also understand why in the digital world, there is a lot of effort put into to emulating the look of film with various "filters" and digital presets.  My eye is not yet good enough to discern if any of the digital images which have been made this way really approach the look of film or not.  

New London, CT  2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Old Hanger

Stonington, CT  2016

I talked about the history behind Saltwater Farms Vineyard in a post that be found here.  In keeping with the history of the property, which once served as air base, the new owners restored and improved upon an old World War II era hanger.  The hanger now houses their fermenters, barrel room and very elegant tasting room/event room.  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Chairs in a Row

Stonington, CT  2016

Both my wife an I enjoy having a glass of wine on a nice Sunday afternoon enjoying the scenery afforded by the local wineries.  On a warmer Sunday afternoon, these chairs would have been filled with people.  Not so, on this particular, cool and windy Sunday.